Living next to Piet Hein Eek

Author: Asmara & Bas, Posted: October 16th, 2016

Piet Hein Eek is known as a prominent Dutch designer. In 2015 he realised his first architectural project named RAG Building. Experience how architecture and design compliment each other in one building and how to live like a neighbour of Piet Hein Eek.

Gebaeude RAG | building RAG
RAG Building, photo by Thomas Mayer

Apartments in the former Philips building RAG

Piet Hein Eek transformed a former industrial Philips-building into several apartments. A project realized by architectural firm Eek and Iggie Dekkers.

The former Philips Complex “Strijp R” where Eek has his atelier, is also the area of his latest project. During the Philips era, the RAG building was used as a pumping station for air, which was used for compression or vacuum in the manufacturing processes. The pumping station is one of the buildings in “Strijp R” that wasn’t demolished. It is now situated between newly built residential buildings.

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Late summer in Rotterdam

Author: Benjo, Posted: September 8th, 2016

De-Rotterdam-6-klRotterdam, photo by Ossip: www.ossip.nl

Either as city trip for the weekend or on your way from Amsterdam to Brussels, September and October are great summer months to visit Rotterdam. Busy, but not crowded, as the Rotterdam streets are extremely forgiving to crowds.

The city is ranking high on international trip advising lists, because of its architecture, the activities, the accessibility and of course the connection with its harbor. Since 2014, the Van Nelle Fabriek has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, giving this modernistic coffee and tobacco factory a world renowned status. Though still underestimated and in the shadows of its big brother Amsterdam, Rotterdam can be seen as the capital of modern architecture and industrial heritage of the Netherlands.

Pictures of the Markthal (MVRDV), the Rotterdam high-rise (OMA) and the Central Train Station (Benthem & Crouwel, Meyer & van Schooten, West 8) went viral and thus Rotterdam suddenly was world famous, and not only among architecture lovers.

What’s the best way to visit Rotterdam and enjoy its culture and architecture?

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Travel in the footsteps of Alvar Aalto

Author: Mieke, Posted: June 13th, 2016

This year marks 40 years from the death of the world-known Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. To commemorate him and to celebrate his work Expedia has created a portfolio of his most notable works around the world. Go on a visual journey with the pioneering Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto, to discover his masterpieces around the world by exploring the globe of buildings, and learn more about the Finnish maestro and his life’s work in architecture.

Alvar Aalto

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New: cultural event calendar

Author: Mieke, Posted: February 24th, 2016

CCCB Adria GoulaSince the beginning of 2016 we launched the MIMOA cultural event calendar: the online guide to international cultural events related to architecture and design.

We just added some very attractive and varying events for the coming months. Check out what's happening in New York, Rotterdam, Paris, London and beyond. And find out when and where to attend a guided tour, interesting exhibition, film night, creative workshop, dazzling party and unique meet & greet.

Are you organizing or do you want to share an event on MIMOA?
Tip us! Email: info@mimoa.eu

photo: ©CCCB. Adrià Goula, 2011

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OMA fiction | non-fiction

Author: Mieke, Posted: January 13th, 2016

Ossip-van-DuivenbodeIn the coming months, OMI (Office for Metropolitan Information) is entirely devoted to OMA, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. With the reopening of the Kunsthal, the completion of De Rotterdam and Timmerhuis this is a perfect opportunity to profile the work of OMA. OMI publishes a special map, organises excursions, and an accompanying exhibition at OMI’s own location gives insight into the work of the office in Rotterdam and The Hague.

The cities of Rotterdam and The Hague occupied a special position in the development of the early years of OMA. The region boasts the highest density of OMA projects in the world, with countless studies, designs, built and (already) demolished works. OMA has reflected on every facet of the urban experience in this region: buildings, urban planning, parks, interiors, culture, pop, dance and infrastructure. OMA Fiction | Non Fiction is a voyage of discovery through the work of OMA in Rotterdam and The Hague, past 40 years of thinking about this urban region. The map encourages tourists, architecture enthusiasts and OMA fans to experience the southern Randstad.

With the launch of the map, OMI offers a program that connects Rotterdam and The Hague, with city excursions and tours. OMI is also the venue for an exhibition where all the realised projects are displayed on large-format photographs and a ‘carpet’ shows 25 fictitious projects. A special evening program of film screenings and presentations offers an insight into the work of OMA.

OMA fiction | non-fiction
18 December 2015 – 11 March 2016
Exhibition, Map & More

calendar icon 01-2016  View more events around the world in the NEW
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OMI is a public center for architecture and city culture in Rotterdam, with an information desk, exhibition space, bookshop and an extensive excursion programme. www.omirotterdam.nl

photo on top: Ossip van Duivenbode

The events of OMI are promoted by MIMOA. Do you also want MIMOA as a media partner for your event? Contact us, and hear all about our reach.

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News update december 2015

Author: Mieke, Posted: December 9th, 2015

Collage news update 12-2015-1

This week we sent out a news update including some inspiring latest additions to MIMOA, such as the INK Hotel in Amsterdam, where stories are yet to be written…. ; the Koyasan Guest House in Japan with its cocoon bedrooms; the sanatorium in Clemont-Ferrand that transformed into a School of Architecture; the largest Mosque in Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
And the most popular project of last month: Gallaratese II Housing in Milan by Aldo Rossi.

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Order this great calendar and support MIMOA

Author: Mieke, Posted: November 25th, 2015

architectuurkalender2016 cover-cut
Every year Dutch architectural photograper Dirk Verwoerd creates a beautiful architecture calendar. And this year's edition (2016) Dirk decided to donate 50% of the proceeds to MIMOA!

The calendar includes wonderful photos of inspiring projects in The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, France, Switzerland and Spain. It is printed with attention, in a modest format and delivered in a specially designed box (which also serves as a stand). A nice gift for the enthusiast! And nice to know: it's also possible to print your company logo on the cover.

The calendar can be ordered online for just € 14,90 (incl. VAT) here >>
(the website and order form is in Dutch, so if you need any help, please let us know!)

On behalf of the MIMOA team thanks to Dirk for the support and thank you for ordering!

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Last chance to visit the Milan EXPO

Author: Benjo, Posted: September 30th, 2015

photo by Dirk Verwoerd: Italy pavilion

In about a month, the World Expo in Milan will come to an end. If you haven’t visited the Expo Milano yet, now is the time to grab your bags and fly to Milan!
As a web editor of MIMOA I recently published many of the pavilions that have been built for the Expo 2015: with special thanks to one of our contributors Nazar for uploading all the information on the pavilions and to the Dutch photographer Dirk Verwoerd for adding all impressive photos.
Then suddenly I was asked to join a weekend trip to Milan with the Expo 2015 as the highlight of the visit. I didn’t exactly know what to expect. I knew the Dutch pavilion of the Expo 2000 in Hanover (MVRDV), the Atomium in Brussels (Expo 1958) and of course, the Eiffel Tower in Paris (Expo 1889). But what are these world exhibitions for? Why would 20 million people visit an area of 1,1 square kilometres to visit a temporary exhibition? It was about time to go there and explore the phenomenon!

Mi guide Milan download

Our trip consisted of an evening and a full day at the Expo, as well as one full day in the city, which was a perfect combination. The evening tickets are way cheaper than the day tickets and the worse crowds are gone at night. Coming from the Metro station, you need to walk through a long walkway before you reach the entrance of the Expo. Immediately, I was amazed by the immense scale of the Expo. The first pavilions encountered at the entrance were the main pavilions “Expo Centre” and “Pavilion Zero”, which tower above the Expo, resembling hills or thatched baskets. This was going to be a night to remember.

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4.000 facebook likes

Author: Mieke, Posted: May 9th, 2015

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The MIMOA Facebook fanpage counts 4.000 likes. To all of our dedicated fans: thanks for following us!
On a daily base we tweet about all the new added projects on MIMOA. A selection of these projects will be featured on our Facebook fanpage.
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Lithuanian architecture in the spotlight

Author: Mieke, Posted: February 3rd, 2015

Land of the lush plains, meandering rivers and extensive forests. Therefore it's not surprising that the traditional architecture in Lithuania is wooden. Indeed, Lithuania of today is still rich with wooden architecture. A warm counterpart of the modern concrete, glass and steel structures that characterize contemporary architecture worldwide as also in present-day Lithuania.
To welcome Lithuania to the Eurozone, we hereby present you some great examples of modern architecture in Lithuania. From the brutalist architecture of Palace of Concerts and Sports to the wooden Rupert art center and the glass Baltic Hearts. These inspiring projects proof that Lithuania is not only the geographical centre of Europe *), but definitely one of the architectural hotspots of Europe as well.

design by: Inblum architects
photo by: Darius Petrulaitis

design by: Gintautas Natkevicius
photo by: Gintaras Cesonis
32939_l-Crematorium in Kedainiai

LIJO HOTEL in Gargzdai
design by: DO Architects & aketuri architektai
photo by: Andre Baldi
9101_l_Lijo hotel

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These projects were included in MIMOA's 52nd newsletter.
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*) In 1989, researchers of the French National Geographical Institute found that Europe's geographical centre was in Lithuania, 26km westwards from capital Vilnius.